Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.Education
Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.
Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.
Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.
Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.Other Experience
Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.Advancement
After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.
Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.
Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.
Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.
Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.
Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Reporter||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Oct 26, 2015||$150,000|
|Reporter||The New York Times Company||New York, NY||Nov 08, 2016||$121,923|
|Reporter||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Feb 05, 2016||$113,313|
|Reporter||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||May 16, 2016||$113,313|
|First Word Equities Reporter||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jul 15, 2016||$110,000|
|Reporter||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Jan 08, 2016||$106,700|
|Reporter||Bloomberg, LP||Washington, DC||Jul 25, 2016||$101,000|
|Private Equity Reporter||Dow Jones and Company||New York, NY||Aug 05, 2015||$96,211|
|Congress Reporter||Politico LLC||Arlington, VA||Jan 10, 2016||$94,099 -
|Energy Policy Reporter||Argus Media, Inc.||Washington, DC||Sep 11, 2016||$88,982|
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